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Karl Schrag, Michael Goldberg, Jacqueline Gourevitch, Harriet Korman, Frank Lincoln Viner, Materials and Methods: A New View

Associated American Artist Gallery, Paley & Lowe Gallery, Tibor de Nagy Gallery

A retrospective exhibition of the graphic production of KARL SCHRAG is a serious occasion which might easily pass unnoticed. Schrag is one of the few figures of note who is, in an exclusive sense, a graphic artist (Una Johnson’s catalog raisonné lists 175 items executed between 1939 and 1970) and who, while clearly outside of fashion or school, has exercised a beneficent influence on the history of graphics in America by virtue of a long teaching career at Cooper Union and his tenure as director of Atelier 17, the French graphics workshop in exile which was organized by William Stanley Hayter during World War II. It is largely through Schrag’s efforts that direct burin engraving on copperplate was again respected and it is this aspect of his production which I find most affecting. Owing to the example of Schrag himself, following the lead of Hayter technically but rejecting Hayter’s

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